MULTI-HOUSING EXECUTIVES UPDATE: Harrison Street Appoints Mark Burkemper as Senior Associate of Acquisition Group, and Other Moves

Chicago–Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC (Harrison Street), a Chicago-based real estate private equity firm, recently appointed Mark Burkemper as senior associate in its acquisition group. In his position at Harrison Street, Burkemper is responsible for assisting the acquisition group in  sourcing, analyzing, and closing transactions and venture relationships within the firm’s areas of specialty real estate. Harrison Street is a real estate private equity firm that was founded in 2005. As of January 2009, the firm owns approximately $1.8 billion in real estate assets that include over 8,200 student housing beds and 3,700 senior housing/assisted living units. Prior to joining Harrison Street, Burkemper was senior associate at Morgan Stanley within its Merchant Banking Real Estate Investing Group.He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the University of Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association.Home Builders Association of Northern California Gets New Acting CEOSan Ramon, Calif.–Cheryl O’Connor, a 30-year veteran of the home-building industry, has been named acting CEO of the Home Builders Association of Northern California. O’Connor served as the first female chairperson in the history of the HBA in 2008 and led the organization to establish a sustainable building standard for all new home construction in Northern California. She sees both challenges and opportunities for the HBA in today’s home-building market. The HBA has partnered with Northern California cites, counties and government agencies in the development and support of green and sustainable building policies and programs, as well as tax credit initiatives. Previously, O’Connor served in executive positions with SummerHill Homes, Warmington Homes, Taylor Woodrow Homes and other leading home builders. She will assume the duties and responsibilities of previous CEO Joseph Perkins, who will be resigning as of April 30th in order to pursue other opportunities. The Bozzuto Group Promotes Israel Carunungan to VP of Property MarketingGreenbelt, Md.–The Bozzuto Group has promoted Israel Carunungan to vice president of property marketing. He previously served as director of property marketing.“Despite the economic downturn, our third-party management and construction business lines have experienced strong growth,” says Tom Bozzuto, CEO of The Bozzuto Group. “For that reason, we want to make sure we’re marketing our company and our services as effectively as possible. These long-term investments in our company and in our brand will help ensure we remain competitive and strong.”Carunungan joined Bozzuto in 2006 and has been instrumental in the development of the company’s marketing collateral, Websites, advertisements and promotions, as well as in transitioning the company’s marketing strategy to a primarily online-driven approach. Before joining Bozzuto, he held marketing director positions at National Geographic and US News and World Report.